I find Uni.. My overall experience has been a positive one. The knowledge I've gained in the past few years has been more than I had expected. You will often meet some amazing people during your journey. In the end, many people are studying this unique course because of their own personal experiences.
Positives: Work placement is implemented into the course so we do a a years worth of placement. There are work integrated learning assistants and placement coordinators that help you through the process and help allocate you to what you would like to do in the future. As a student doing a double degree, I've learned both counselling skills and research skills which has broadened my job prospects. The academics are very knowledgable in their field and are extremely qualified to teach. There are often guest speakers who tell you about their field of expertise, as well as previous students who are now working full time. Assessments are marked strictly but only for the benefit of the students education. The cohort are mostly supportive and positive and provide great insight on topics in a different light.
Negatives: Group work is sometimes frustrating, as some students are not willing to put in enough effort until the last minute, or never. I've had very little personal experience of negative group work (maybe because I am lucky) but in many classes i've witnessed group issues.
My advice to future students is: If you are doing your timetable, check the location of the classes. Sometimes if classes are back to back, you may be able to get away with it if they are located close to each other. Walking from upper campus to lower campus will take you 10-15minutes. Studying social work and criminology means there is no black and white answer. Always go in with an open mind and open to other people's opinions. These may ultimately help you learn and grow as you progress through uni. At the same time, always think critically of the information you are provided. Your critical thinking ability will be one of the most important skills in the field.
|University of Melbourne|
|La Trobe University|
|University of Technology Sydney|
|University of Sydney|
|Western Sydney University|
|University of Queensland|
|Australian Catholic University|
|Australian National University|
|Central Queensland University|
|Edith Cowan University|